German photographer Andreas Gefeller (born 1970) creates digital composite photographs that open new perspectives on familiar situations: cherry blossoms appear as a vast cosmos and utility poles are transformed into gorgeous abstractions. This publication focuses on the artist's recent photographs of Japan, which came about as a result of the yearly European Eyes on Japan fellowship.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Martin Hochleitner, Roland Nachtigšller. Preface by Ernest W. Uthemann.
German photographer Andreas Gefeller's Supervisions series, begun in 2002, is labor-intensive stuff. He collages literally hundreds of small aerial views of public spaces into a large-scale photograph that, by lacking a central focus, challenges our perception and seemingly oscillates between two- and three-dimensionality.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Edited by Roland Nachtig‚ller. Essay by Stephan Berg.
Photographer Andreas Gefeller sees the world through a strange lens, offering the viewer pictures that at first glance seem composed of abstract, color-saturated elements and only later resolve into something completely familiar--chairs on a beach, lines on pavement, grass on an urban plaza--but yet not. In Soma, the series that first brought him to attention, Gefeller documented major tourist centers using extremely long night exposures, thereby producing effects that underscore the artificiality of the locales. Bereft of people and sunlight, of any life at all really, the depicted beachfront hotels and pools take on a strangely threatening character. In Supervisions, his most recent series, Gefeller employs a complicated photographic technique to scan the surfaces of urban spaces, creating extraordinary images more akin to hard-edge abstract paintings than landscape photography. Composites of hundreds of individual shots, these puzzling, striking works appear as bird's eye views or observations shot from fantasy angles. A testament to Gefeller's interest in the twilight zone that becomes ever denser between reality and fiction, Supervisions reveals itself to the viewer in stages, offering up elements that appear first as abstractions, then as familiar elements of our environment, and finally as impossible visions of the world that surrounds us.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Artwork by Andreas Gefeller. Text by Gerhard Gluher, Christoph Ribbat.
In his disconcerting photographs, Dusseldorf-based artist Andreas Gefeller turns holiday sites on Gran Canaria (an insland off the west coast of Africa) into bleak utopian backdrops. Although taken in a conventional, analogue fashion, the pictures look as if they have been digitally altered, raising questions about the realness of reality and its representations.